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News/Business. Chris Hansen, Hoda Kotb, Josh Mankiewicz. (2012) The death of a former radio DJ takes five years and two trials to solve. (CC) (Stereo)

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  NBC    Dateline NBC    News/Business. Chris Hansen, Hoda Kotb, Josh Mankiewicz.   
   (2012) The death of a former radio DJ takes five years and...  

    September 10, 2012
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it's just amazin now, if you're on your back... we've all seen that curve pillow. i think we just threw one away a minute ago. okay, that curved pillow like that only fits one in 30 people. remember, we told you that. it gives you support here and here, nothing here. well, you could be that one in 30, tonja. you take the pillow, you do like this, you tuck it, and you know what? no more snoring, okay? the reason is you're supporting your c1 and c2, your breathing is better. other companies have said, "oh, yeah, we have this amazing cure for snoring." this will really work. from the testimonials i have from all the pillows i've sold, about 70% of the people don't snore anymore at all. [applause] what mike hasn't told you is that, already, hundreds of thousands of people have benefitted from sleeping on my pillow. i give 'em a 60-day money-back guarantee 'cause people, quite frankly, are tired of buying pillows that they can't return and get their money back. yeah. and we have... our customer service is the best in the country. we have an a+ rating with the better business bureau and we have zero complaints out of all the
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seven years i've been in business with the better business bureau. it's the most amazing product and i 100% guarantee it'll be the most comfortable pillow you'll ever own. well, i can honestly say that since i've been using my pillow, it's made an amazing difference in my life, and here's your opportunity to get your very own my pillow and make the rest of your life the best of your life. people all across america are tired of tossing and turning all night, snoring like a freight train and waking up with aches and pains from pillows that simply don't work. introducing my pillow, guaranteed the most comfortable pillow you'll ever own or your money back. unlike other pillows that lack support, lose their shape or heat up, my pillow's patented three-piece interlocking system creates a cooling effect and allows you to easily form my pillow to your unique shape, providing maximum comfort and support of the cervical nerves in your neck and spine, resulting in the most restful,
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comfortable, deep-healing sleep you've ever experienced. my pillow is made right here in america from a patented comfort-fit fill that's antimicrobial, non-allergenic, machine washable and guaranteed for 10 years. that's right, 10 years! we'll even give you 60 risk-free nights to sleep on it to ensure your complete satisfaction. try the pillow, you'll like it. i love snuggling up to bed with my pillow. my pillow has been a godsend for me and i love it. it's just great for me and i love it. our trained staff professionals are here to serve you 24 hours a day, so call the 800 number on your screen now or visit us online at mypillow.com and enter promo code "mypillow" to save 25% off your entire purchase when you order now. don't spend one more sleepless night with a pillow that simply doesn't work. call the 800 number on your screen now or visit our website and get custom fit for your very
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own my pillow and start experiencing the amazing benefits you can only get from the world's most comfortable pillow, my pillow. we started with one or two and then, all of a sudden, kids realized that, the kids... i think kalli borrowed mine for the first time, and she said, "i want one of those dad." so i got her one of the pillows, and ever since then, our whole family has 'em. healthy, normal people need to go to bed, stay asleep and wake up feeling good. when somebody's changing, um, anything in their lifestyle, um, you want to make sure that you're prepared to adapt to stress, and that's what sleep does. it prepares you and improves your ability to respond to stress, and so, right out of the chute, easiest thing i can recommend is my pillow. in order to get a good night's sleep we need to be in a position that is comfortable. if our body is contorted in any way, we can impinge
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on nerves that would lead to tingling, numbness, discomforts of various sort. if you could position yourself with a pillow that is comfortable, then these motor and sensory signals that you get in a restless state don't occur and you have a lot more rem sleep. we're here with sleep expert michael j. lindell, founder and inventor of a revolutionary new sleep aid called my pillow. over the last seven years, what i came up with is a theory, after talking to hundreds of thousands of people that have the pillow... there's eight cervical nerves on each side of your neck, and what they do... they need to be in alignment, okay, to get-- for the signals to go to your brain. remember the old-fashioned tvs that had the horizontal hole, you know, the wavy line when it wasn't clear? when you first get set at night, you first get comfortable on your pillow, your brain says, "okay, i'm comfortable," 'cause your cervical nerves are lined up.
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yeah. well, what happens is the air starts going out of that pillow and they're bent, like bending a water hose, okay? when you do that, you go... [mimics gushing sound] your signal's not going through. same way with your arteries, your precerebral artery and your carotid artery... the blood flow to the brain needs to be, um, you know, open like a hose. is that why my concentration is so much better after i sleep on my pillow? that's exactly right. good support, which is somehow the miracle of my pillow, uh, throughout the night is what we want. it's nice to fall asleep, but then, as your pillow collapses, you're gonna wake up again 'cause your position's changed. the my pillow, it seems that we're at a state that is comfortable and it stays the same throughout the night. what dr. kolodny has to say really reinforces what you've been telling us about my pillow. what it does.... that it can put you in a deep rem sleep, which is the healing sleep. it's also the most comfortable sleep.
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when you get comfortable at night, that's what sends you into the rem. that's when your cervical nerves, your neck is lined up. and, interesting enough, what's my theory on this-- this theory was brand new-- and it's true, and it's real and everybody knows that. now, it's out there because you've all done that with your arms, folded your pillows and done all this stuff and flip-flopped all night like a guppy. here, you stay with my pillow. wherever you set this pillow, it's gonna hold, exactly for you as an individual. with my pillow, by keeping all those things in your neck straight, you get the best sleep of your life every single night and i guarantee it. we make 'em right here in the united states. the reason why i'm still in business is to help people. that's my calling, that's why i'm here and i want everybody to have the best night's sleep they've ever got in their life. absolutely, absolutely! [applause] i discovered that having my head, neck and spine perfectly aligned all night, whether it's on my side or whether, occasionally, i'm
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on my back, i can get a perfect cervical curvature, and my aligning that spine, the four cervical nerves running right through the middle of my neck going everywhere in my body and reporting back up, everything is in alignment. it's a phenomenal difference in the way that you're able to sleep. i fell asleep instantly... instantly. i have found that i have more energy during the day. i sleep better, i'm not rustling around. my wife used to tell me that i used to flip around and move all over the bed. she has not said that since i've had the my pillow. so it's just been, it's overall has given me a better night's sleep, and again, that's why the rest of my family has the my pillow as well. with those other pillows that you're getting at the markets, they're just trash, really. they're just cheap. and after you wash them, they bunch up, they're not the same anymore. with my pillow, you can toss it into the wash, you can air dry it, toss it into the dryer.
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it's such an easy pillow to take care of and it's gonna last you forever. earlier we talked about the importance of a good night's sleep which is something i can really relate to. i have to admit, i was pretty skeptical, but michael told me it would really work. and after about two or three weeks, i noticed that all of my migraines had disappeared. and what i really noticed is that i could start going out to the gym, i could start exercising more, because any time i tried to do that before, i just would get excruciating headaches. and so, uh, one of the things... we talk about washing and drying a pillow... i've washed hundreds of pillows where they end up in that clump. well, i put it in the washer machine and when i took it out of the dryer and when it looked just like it did the day i bought it, i was sold. and that's when i wanted to buy 'em for my kids because my kids are always taking their pillow in the car. they're taking it to grandpa and grandma's house, they're throwing it in front of the tv and so i'd always end up washing their pillows and i knew that i was spending more money on gas driving back and forth to the department store to buy them a new one.
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and the other thing that i really wanted and i knew is that if they really started getting a good night sleep now, keeping their cervical nerves in alignment and doing all that stuff for their health that hopefully, when they got to be my age, they wouldn't have the kind of problems that i've had. so it's really important for me that my kids sleep on a great pillow. and they've even commented. my daughter-- i was out working one day-- and she said... i was kind of telling my pillow story, and she said, "mom, i had no idea you were in that much pain." and she said, you know, and i just know that it's made me a much better mom. [applause] people all across america are tired of tossing and turning all night, snoring like a freight train and waking up with aches and pains from pillows that simply don't work. introducing my pillow, guaranteed the most comfortable pillow you'll ever own or your money back. unlike other pillows that lack support, lose their shape or heat up, my pillow's patented three-piece interlocking system creates a cooling
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effect and allows you to easily form my pillow to your unique shape, providing maximum comfort and support of the cervical nerves in your neck and spine, resulting in the most restful, comfortable, deep-healing sleep you've ever experienced. my pillow is made right here in america from a patented comfort-fit fill that's antimicrobial, non-allergenic, machine washable and guaranteed for 10 years. that's right, 10 years! we'll even give you 60 risk-free nights to sleep on it to ensure your complete satisfaction. try the pillow, you'll like it. i love snuggling up to bed with my pillow. my pillow has been a godsend for me and i love it. it's just great for me and i love it. our trained staff professionals are here to serve you 24 hours a day, so call the 800 number on your screen now or visit us online at mypillow.com and enter promo code "mypillow" to save 25% off your entire purchase when you order now.
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don't spend one more sleepless night with a pillow that simply doesn't work. call the 800 number on your screen now or visit our website and get custom fit for your very own my pillow and start experiencing the amazing benefits you can only get from the world's most comfortable pillow, my pillow. we've had several people drive across the country today so that they could be here in our audience so that they could share the impact that my pillow has had made on their lives. and one of the first people that i want to introduce to you is andy. andy, if you'd be so kind, we'd love to hear how my pillow has made a difference for you. hi, mike. how you doing, andy? good, i met you at the state fair last year. yes, i remember. and i didn't even know i was looking for a pillow and you saw me and said, "i need to talk to you." and i gotta tell you, thanks, you know? its changed my life. it's changed the way i sleep.
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[laughs] i sleep, i think, is the big thing. it's a miracle. with your big shoulders-- there's a lot of people already like you. you have all kinds of problems because of, you know... and i'm a side sleeper, i've always been a side sleeper. my arm falls alseep... not anymore. not anymore. that's amazing, yeah. that's why i love some of these pillows, because of stories like yours. i take it with me everywhere. right, right. it's been to texas twice, arizona... right. it didn't go on one trip. ...that went well for you. and, well, it didn't work too well. the first night i was down there-- it's two hours away to my wife's folks and, uh, it didn't make it. i woke up, you know, after an hour, two hours, three hours. finally, five o'clock in the morning, i got up, drove back up to where we live, grabbed the pillow... wow! there you go! so, on the second night... [applause] the second night, i had a good night's sleep. right, that's awesome. and then, my wife, she'd like to thank you
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because i don't snore. wow, that's a... [laughs] you're back in the same bedroom! it's great. you know, it just goes to show even someone your size... we help everybody, from the smallest person up to the biggest, you know? it's great. that's an awesome story. and we're gonna see you again at the state fair this year? yes, you are. i'll be there myself. thanks. thank you. [applause] andy was so enthusiastic about sharing his story and being here today so i can see why. thank you, andy. and next we have jennifer. i'm very happy to have jennifer up to share with us how my pillow's made a difference in her life. hi! hello. hello, jennifer. how are you guys? mike and good. um... i just am a busy person on the go. i have two little girls that i chase after and i have my own company, a floral design company, and i volunteer every day. so when i go to bed, i really, really need sleep and i've tried pretty much every pillow out there:
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the flat pillows, the firm, i tried a water pillow and those memory foam pillows and i always woke up with a dull headache, just... it was not, you don't have the energy and you can't deal with children when you're dealing with that. i saw my pillow at one of your shows and i thought, you know, i'd invested enough money on pillows that didn't work, so i thought i'd just try it. and that night i had the best night's sleep of my life in years and it's... it's, i've had the best night's sleep every night. i don't toss and turn anymore, i don't wake up with a dull headache. i just really feel good when i wake up. i have energy and i love my pillow. did you believe it when you saw the sign that said it did all that? it's too good to be true! i was really skeptical. my husband is the biggest skeptic ever. he's like, "you want to spend money on a pillow? go ahead, we'll see what happens," rolling his eyes. and, honest, it worked so well. i love my pillow, love it. thank you, that's awesome. thank you. thank you for making it. [applause]
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i know, mike, that the 60-night money-back guarantee really makes a big difference for people who are skeptical, who know that they want to try a pillow but maybe they're afraid because they have had so many in the past that didn't work. right, and i've said, you know, back when i invented this seven years ago, or eight years ago, whatever it's been now, that was the one thing i wanted people to not have, that skepticism, so i gave the... believed in it so much, that's why i gave the 60-day money-back guarantee so they'd have nothing to lose and everything to gain. you have everything to gain. your health is the most important thing to your life. absolutely. and my pillows are more supportive of your health. absolutely, hands down. well, we have another gentleman in our audience his name is michael, and michael, thank you for being here today. well, my pillow helped a lot. a few years back i had a medical scare-- i had a jaw joint that was getting eaten away by a tumor. the good news is it wasn't malignant, it was benign. the downside of that is when they actually do the surgery, they actually have to sever the muscle that normally fits over your jaw joints, so now, at night, i've found that my mouth would come open
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and i would start snoring. my wife did not like that very much. so i came across my pillow at a county fair, and i thought, no, i'm not gonna buy a pillow. and he talked to me, he said, "listen, it's a money-back guarantee, try it out. what do you have to lose?" thought, okay, that's a pretty good pitch, let me try it. that night i slept through the night and it really was one of the first night's that i can remember where i didn't toss. it was a nice, comfortable feeling and i woke up cool and i wasn't getting headaches. so the product does work. thank you for making what you made. and you don't snore anymore, you said? i don't snore anymore. [laughs] that's amazing. that's why i love selling this pillow, that's a wonderful... it's a miracle product, isn't it? yes, it is. definitely a life-changer. thank you. [applause] well, i want to thank you for those great my pillow stories and for joining us today. i know so many of us are grateful for the pillow that you've made, mike. and you get thousands and thousands of testimonials... i've got one here.
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i get these all the time, you're right. this is from... i've sent pillows over to afghanistan. this guy, he wrote me. he said, "i'm writing you because i haven't gotten a good night's sleep in over a month. we work 24-hour shifts so getting our crew rest is very important. right now, i'm sleeping on a cot with a bag full of unused clothes as a pillow--" which can be better than some of the pillows you've slept on! some of those we've seen today. what we did, we sent some pillows and here was their response. "your pillows came in the mail two days ago, so i was able to test it out for two nights now, and i can't begin to tell you how nice it is to wake up with no neck pain and to be able to get a good night's sleep. i've already told the rest of my guys how much of a difference your pillow is already making. thank you so much and god bless, chief warrant officer patrick devlin, afghanistan." and what we've got... [applause] and what i've done since we got that... we've been sending more and more over there to our troops and we've also.... in the united states, just the military bases, to be able to sell in there because they like our product and we've been
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okayed for... all the way to alaska. and we're helping, you know, not only the everyday people but we're helping our troops through it and it's just amazing. this is why i sell the pillow. mike, you just have my utmost respect for your commitment to our troops, for your commitment to the american people, for manufacturing here in the united states, and just what you provide for people's overall health. [applause] i would recommend if you're taking medications to fall asleep at night and coffee to keep you awake in the day that you try my pillow and see what a difference it can make in your life. my pillow is all i need. i don't need two pillows, uh, and i don't need to constantly tuck it in the back of my neck and shoulders to be comfortable as the night wears on. i work in a physical therapy clinic and we see a lot of patients with stiff necks and sore shoulders and just having difficulty sleeping. and since my experience with my pillow i recommend
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that they give it a try. i know that most of us never stop to think about the tremendous difference that a pillow can make to our overall health and well being. but my hope for today is that you'll take this valuable information and you'll experience for yourself the tremendous difference that a my pillow can make in your life. [applause] people all across america are tired of tossing and turning all night, snoring like a freight train and waking up with aches and pains from pillows that simply don't work. introducing my pillow, guaranteed the most comfortable pillow you'll ever own or your money back. unlike other pillows that lack support, lose their shape or heat up, my pillow's patented three-piece interlocking system creates a cooling effect and allows you to easily form my pillow to your unique shape, providing maximum comfort and support of the cervical nerves in your
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neck and spine, resulting in the most restful, comfortable, deep-healing sleep you've ever experienced. my pillow is made right here in america from a patented comfort-fit fill that's antimicrobial, non-allergenic, machine washable and guaranteed for 10 years. that's right, 10 years! we'll even give you 60 risk-free nights to sleep on it to ensure your complete satisfaction. try the pillow, you'll like it. i love snuggling up to bed with my pillow. my pillow has been a godsend for me and i love it. it's just great for me and i love it. our trained staff professionals are here to serve you 24 hours a day, so call the 800 number on your screen now or visit us online at mypillow.com and enter promo code "mypillow" to save 25% off your entire purchase when you order now. don't spend one more sleepless night with a pillow that simply doesn't work. call the 800 number on your screen now or visit
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our website and get custom fit for your very own my pillow and start experiencing the amazing benefits you can only get from the world's most comfortable pillow, my pillow. healthy, normal people need to go to bed, stay asleep and wake up feeling good. when somebody's changing, um, anything in their lifestyle, you want to make sure that you're prepared to adapt to stress and that's what sleep does. it prepares you and improves your ability to respond to stress and so, right out of the chute, the easiest thing i can recommend is my pillow. you watched this whole thing you learned all about pillows all you need to know is no zip on covers low thread count pillow cases, order a pillow get on with your life and as we always say when we're at shows you know what ring em up becky years ago when i set out to create a pillow for myself, uh, once i made that and i knew it worked, i wanted to create the world's best pillow that
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did everything. i wanted to be able to see anybody on the street and say, "what would you like to see in a pillow?" if they said, "i want to wash it and dry it," i made mine for washer and dryer. if they said, "i want mine to conform exactly to me as an individual," that's what my pillow will do. every thing-- you can ask anybody, anywhere-- what they want to see in a pillow, my pillow has it. it stays cool. you don't have to flip it to the cool side. it conforms-- wherever you set it, it holds your neck in your exact position for you so you get deep sleep that you need, that deep, healing sleep you need. it stays cool, it's healthy, it's non-allergenic for anybody with allergies. it's antimicrobial, won't hold fungi or mold and it lasts 10 years and it won't go flat. pillows are made to go flat. mine will not go flat. you can throw it in the washer and dryer, it doesn't hurt. it stays the same for 10 years and you can't beat it. we have a 60-day money-back guarantee. that right there is enough. you have nothing to lose. we have all tried every pillow on this planet and they don't work. my pillow will work for you and i give you my personal guarantee it'll work for you.
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it'll not only work for you, it'll create a miracle in your life. the preceding has been a paid presentation brought to you by my pillow incorporated.
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clark, calling to tell me they had arrested harvey. it was a real great sense of relief. it was almost indescribable. >> reporter: which is, perhaps, where the movie version of this story would end. but real life is not quite like that. for all the suspicion of steven's friends, the murder case against harvey morrow was rather weak. no evidence sufficient to prove that harvey shot steven and dumped his body in the ocean. >> we were looking for steven's dna on the boat, knowing that his death was caused by a gunshot wound. it was pretty obvious that there should be something that said this is where it was. >> reporter: but there wasn't. no blood, no gun. no significant fingerprints. what they needed, couldn't find, was something that put the two men together on the far side of
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catalina island, where that current would have caught the body, carried it round to the spot where boaters saw it floating face-down in the water. they hunted everywhere for harvey's gps, but never found it. months went by, harvey sitting in the jail. no luck for the investigation now. and then a phone call. it was the commandant of harvey's yacht club. >> he says, i found a handheld gps in the library of our club. >> reporter: the commandant told them someone in the club had found the gps, wrapped in a napkin and hidden in the back of a club library cabinet. >> and he says that cabinet is in a position where harvey morrow always sits and reads all of the time. and he showed us a garmin c-60 which exactly matched in the way it looked, all of the manuals we recovered months earlier on that yacht. >> reporter: here it was, the device they searched for on the boat and couldn't find. >> and he said, you need to look at the data that's in this gps. >> reporter: amazing thing. the gps preserved in its memory in almost inif i national detail, its very last trip which was as follows.
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may 4th, 2006 around 2:00 p.m., the gps headed out toward catalina island. went to the back side, where it seemed to putter around aimlessly in the middle of the night. then returned back to the dock, 6:00 a.m., may 5th. that little device seemed to pin point the place and time of steven's murder. but how could detectives be sure the gps belonged to harvey and was on his boat? and then what do you know? luck again. when harvey bought the gps, he took a friend. >> i was with him in the car when we picked it up. and it was such a cool gps. i got one myself. >> that gps was a pivotal point in the investigation that sealed this whole case together. >> reporter: but though the gps evidence told detectives where harvey's boat was the day steven was killed, how could they be sure harvey and steven were together on the boat at precisely that time?
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>> electronic data is fascinating nowadays. very fascinating. our cell phones, we can follow that signature -- we were lucky again. >> reporter: lucky this time, because of blackjack. blackjack cell tower, catalina island, where both harvey and steven's cell phones pinged together, just where the gps said they would be, after which steven's cell phone went straight to voicemail, and harvey's sailed right back to his dock the next morning, where he was late for a prearranged fishing trip with his friends. they basically said he looked disheveled. he looked as if he had been up all night. he was not himself. >> reporter: one question left. exactly what happened on that fancy boat the last moments of steven b.'s life? doug remembered steven was angry over harvey's handling of his money. >> he had said that he was going to have a come to jesus with harvey. he was going to confront harvey
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about the money. >> reporter: did steven confront harvey over his lost fortune? is that what led to this? >> we believe they were both on deck and he walked up behind him and just walked up, put the gun in the back of his head and pulled the trigger, which can explain the lack of blood evidence. and he just pushed him over, or he fell over. >> reporter: it took five years and over 30,000 pages of evidence to build the case against harvey morrow. most of it hinged on the financial motive. all of it circumstantial. the detectives felt confident about the case they had so carefully assembled, while harvey, all the while, maintained his innocence. and then the very first day of the trial, the bombshell they didn't see coming. coming up -- >> i thought, oh, my god, he's being set free. >> so many years and so many cons. was there about to be another?
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it had taken five long years to get to this point. harvey morrow was finally being tried for the murder of steven b. police and prosecutors felt confident. that is, until the defense gave its opening statement. then things took an unexpected turn. >> during the opening statement, it was said that the money that harvey got from steven was money that was owed to harvey in a loan that happened many years ago. >> reporter: harvey loaned money to steven's father back in the '80s, the defense told the jury. they had a promissory note to prove it. hadn't you encountered that along the way?
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>> no. it was part of the trust packet. and at this point, the numbers i'm getting from the court were over 33,000 pages of documentation. >> quite frankly, we missed it. >> reporter: they had missed evidence that seemed to show harvey wasn't stealing from steven at all, had no motive to kill him. suddenly, the whole case against harvey, fragile to begin with, seemed in danger of falling apart. and amid doubt about the new evidence, the judge declared a mistrial. >> i thought, oh, my god, he's being set free. >> reporter: but harvey wasn't set free. instead, the state appointed to the case its third prosecutor in five years. >> this was my first case of this particular type. >> reporter: prosecutor john mckinney. how do you get ready? >> quickly. >> reporter: his first task, to address that alleged loan between harvey and steven's father, the issue that caused the mistrial. he spoke to steven's best friend and heard this. >> he said, i know it's complete fiction. he said, i know it's fraud. >> reporter: and sure enough, when prosecutor mckinney took a closer look at that loan
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document, steven's father's signature didn't match. classic sign of a con job, said the prosecutor. even the idea that there had been any sort of relationship between morrow and steven williams' father is nonsense, right? bogus. couldn't have possibly been? >> couldn't have possibly been, and wasn't corroborated by any evidence whatsoever. >> reporter: now he was ready for the new trial. he showed the jury, check by check, how harvey drained steven's accounts, all $1.7 million in just three years to dress up a boat that was never going to sail anywhere. >> the boat wasn't properly outfitted for a trip around the world. in fact, it was outfitted in such a way that suggested that it was just going to be a showpiece. it was going to be part of his con, part of the image that he liked to sell to people. >> reporter: then the prosecutor took the jury through the gps and cell phone records, and explained how that evidence put steven and harvey together on
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the far side of catalina island, after which steven vanished, and harvey told conflicting stories about where he supposedly went. >> i think the most damning evidence in this regard was the fact that despite having a history of calling mr. williams on a telephone over the years that they knew each other, he never called his phone one time after the day the victim went missing. >> reporter: that didn't mean harvey killed steven, the defense said. steven b. was so depressed about losing his career, his father, about getting older, that he killed himself. and the medical examiner testified it was possible steven could have shot himself. what was your opinion of the idea he might have committed suicide? >> i think it was incredulous. i don't think he would have done it. >> reporter: still, it was another explanation, and the jury would have to consider it. so now the courtroom waited, and whispered.
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would harvey take the stand? >> i told the investigators i thought he was going to testify. and they didn't think so. they thought i was crazy. >> reporter: what made you think he would? >> well, he's a con man, and he likes to talk. and con men think they can talk themselves out of any situation. >> reporter: he was right. sure enough, harvey was confident, self-assured, had answers for almost everything. he didn't steal steven's money, he said. >> he came up with a story that no one had heard before his testimony. >> reporter: which was that steven actually owed him his entire inheritance to pay back a whole different loan. this second loan was verbal, said harvey, done on a handshake. undocumented, naturally. >> but mr. morrow thought he could sell it. he is a con man and he told it with a straight face. >> reporter: would jurors believe him?
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steven's friend, sylvia, worried. >> i was thinking, oh, my gosh, what if he cons these people the way he conned steven? >> reporter: and perhaps there was reason to worry. the jury stayed out for almost two full days. >> it was a long couple days, i'll tell you that. >> reporter: and then, finally. >> we, the jury, in the above-entitled action find the defendant, harvey morrow, guilty of the crime of willful, deliberate and premeditated first-degree murder of steven b. williams. >> oh, my gosh, we were all holding hands. and when they read it, we were all crying and so grateful. >> reporter: and steven's many friends poured into the courtroom the day harvey was sentenced. doug johnson read a statement for all of them, things he had to say to harvey. >> for years, you ate his food, lived and worked on what he thought was a common goal, the whole time stealing from him, and ultimately taking what was most precious, his life. you worship a false god, the god of arrogance, ego and greed. today, our nightmare ends. today, yours really begins.
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>> reporter: harvey was sentenced to life without parole. after which his now ex-wife debby invited us down to the pier, where she took harvey's fake engagement ring and the other costume jewelry he had given her and -- >> i threw them into the water as a tribute to steven. >> reporter: and his friends? >> steven was a part of my family. he's part of the family you get to pick. i can open a great bottle of wine and sit there and think about steven. the pain fades, the memories are sustained, and that's the part that, you know, i'll just keep with me forever. >> the only way that i can kind of deal with it is i knew that he was eventually going to get on a boat and sail around the world. so i just kind of think of him out there. you know, he's out there somewhere. >> reporter: out there like the happy-go-lucky free spirit on the radio. >> that's a good one. >> reporter: the man they called steven b. >> have a good weekend.